WOMEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKE – PRELIMS
- World Record: Lilly King (USA) – 1:04.13 (2017)
- Olympic Record: Lilly King (USA) – 1:04.93 (2016)
- World Junior Record: Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) – 1:05.21 (2014)
- 2016 Olympic Champion: Lilly King (USA) – 1:04.93
- SwimSwam Event Preview – Women’s 100 Breaststroke
Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa downed the Olympic Record and the African Record in the 100 breast in prelims on Sunday night, clocking a 1:04.82 to lead the field by .7 heading into semi-finals. She moved from 17th to 5th on the all-time list of performers in the event.
“I didn’t expect that at all. When I saw I was ahead, I thought I was dying because I was going way too fast at the end and I thought I could just try and hold on,” said Schoenmaker after her record-breaking performance.
“I obviously saw that they were catching up a bit at the end and I was getting quite tired… I didn’t expect that, very happy with that as a first race. In the end, I was feeling a bit tired. My stroke rate was much higher so I could feel I went out strong. I’m not sure what my going out time was but it was probably my PB.”
“I’m happy with my time and I feel like this has taken a mountain off my shoulders, so now I can just enjoy racing like the world’s best.”
Schoenmaker was fifth seed coming into the Games with 1:05.69 from South African Nationals in April 2021. That swim was a lifetime best. It broke both the national and continental records and earned her a qualification for the Tokyo Olympics.
Top 10 All Time
- 1:04.13 KING Lilly USA 2017
- 1:04.35 MEILUTYTE Ruta LTU 2013
- 1:04.36 EFIMOVA Yuliya RUS 2017
- 1:04.45 HARDY Jessica USA 2009
- 1:04.82 SCHOENMAKER Tatjana RSA 2021
- 1:04.84 SONI Rebecca USA 2009